If you plan to attend an Outing, please read this information.

Note: Following each outing description is a “level-of-difficulty” rating: 1=easy to 4=strenuous. This indicates roughly how difficult an outing is likely to be. If in doubt about your skills or endurance, explore plans with the trip leader first. 

December

Thurs.-Mon. Dec 11-15, Backpack in the Big South Fork National Recreation Area 3. We will leave Thurs. morning at 8 a.m.  and return Mon. evening. We will hike 35+ miles through the area. Call Jay Freeman at 513-631-7642 or 513-910-5288(cell) for details or sign up on the Meetup site at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/

Thurs. Dec. 11, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Dec. 12, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Dec. 13, Glenwood Gardens Get Up N’ Go Hike 2. Shake those December doldrums with a brisk winter hike. We leave the gatehouse promptly at 9 a.m. Located at the end of Glendale-Milford Rd. at Rt. 4 (next to McDonalds). We’ll hike about 3 miles through a variety of restored ecosystems. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Sat. Dec. 13 or 20; Day Hike in Clifton Gorge 2.  A hike in Clifton Gorge could be invigorating with a stop at the Mill for a bite to eat and to view the lights, including those around the town of Clifton. This is a special treat for young and old and the hike will be geared to the ages of those joining.  Contact Elizabeth Durrell at ejdurrell@mac.com to sign up or for more info.

Wed. Dec. 17, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Thurs. Dec. 18, Day Hike 1-2, Meet at a Frisch’s at 9 a.m. for an optional breakfast followed by a one – two hour hike at a near-by park or hiking area at 10 a.m. We are usually off the trail by about Noon. We decide where to hike usually Tuesday afternoon before the hike depending on the weather then send around an e-mail with the details.  If you want to be put on this e-mail list, send an e-mail to Alvin Denenberg at alvingden@gmail.com.

Fri. Dec. 19, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Wed. Dec. 24, Bike Otto Armleder Park 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the far parking lot (past the dog park) at 1 p.m. We’ll circle the Armleder paths, then take the connector path to the Lunken Field bike path, and return to Armleder. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Armleder is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Fri. Dec. 26, Bike the Little Miami Trail, Bass Island toward Loveland and back 1-2. A two-hour, moderate fitness bike ride, beginning from the Newtown Bass Island parking lot at 1 p.m. Helmet required; dress for the weather; bring plenty of water and snacks. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Note: Bass Island is a Hamilton County Park, so it requires a 2014 park sticker. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.

Sat. Dec. 27, Sharon Woods Early Explorers Hike 2. End the year with your best foot forward as we break in those new hiking boots on a winter hike.  We’ll set out from the Sharon Centre parking lot promptly at 9 a.m. and possibly wander off the beaten (and paved) track a bit. Enter on the Route 42 side of the park. Maria Eckhoff 769-5413 before 8 p.m. if you need directions.

Wed. Dec. 31, Hike the trails at Ault Park 2. A two-hour, moderate fitness hike of about four miles; some steep (but short) climbs; muddy at times. Meet at 1 p.m.; park on the circle drive directly in front of the pavilion. Dress for the weather; wear decent hiking boots and sox; bring plenty of water and snacks; poles recommended. Call Doug Jose at 513-470-5473 to confirm your attendance. Check for last-minute changes at http://www.meetup.com/SierraOutings/.